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In Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness there are many controversies In this paper I wish to discuss two of them light vs dark and black vs white I will write about the differences between Conrads perception of what and why he wrote the characters as he did and Marlows ways of acting in the story because of the way Conrad wrote his character that reminds me so much of Conrad I wish to incorporate quotes that will help me describe me feelings toward this story and the characters in which I will write about There is a genuine contrast between what is light and what is dark These contrasts work within the truth of what is considered educated and uneducated the light which is representing civilization or the cultured side of the world and the dark which is representing the uncivilized or savage side of the world Throughout the book there are a number of references to these two contrasts In Conrads story dark and light have the usual implications of evil and good The setting also plays a significant role in describing how Marlow feels about the whole escapade he suffered From the beginning of the tale there are signs of what is to come The colors of things and items help to predict the disaster that is to come to Marlow Marlow creates a mood of darkness about the present and about the past The most noticeable characteristic being that the story is told one evening in which he says many times throughout his narrative This time frame goes back to the proposal of darkness being evil He then tells an account of his adventures to the Congo while waiting for the tide to turn on the Thames River outside of London This is the initial sight of what is considered civilized and more significantly uncivilized Marlow begins by talking of the inhabitants of the boat He clarifies that the owner of the
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